July 1, 2022

Rising costs are all around us, including the cost of powering our homes. Aside from the financial impact on our wallets, electricity generation is a consistent point of emphasis when finding ways to reduce our impact on the environment. One of the things that can help lower the energy costs in the home and lower your home’s electricity requirements is the utilization of smart home devices.

Take lighting, for example; traditionally, people have used incandescent bulbs in most lighting fixtures in their homes. These bulbs have a filament with an electrical current passed through it, which causes the material to glow. This process is inefficient compared to more modern lighting options, generating additional heat and more waste. Because these lights have an average lifespan of about 750 hours, these bulbs need replacing more often.

Perhaps the simplest way to reduce energy usage in the home is with smart lights.

There is the alternative of using a newer LED light bulb. This option requires less electricity to operate, doesn’t generate nearly the same amount of heat, and lasts far longer — 10,000+ hours. But you can make an LED bulb even more efficient by making it smart. Adding smart lights to your home can be one of the easiest ways to fix your energy costs and reduce the impact on planet Earth.

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Some may think that adding smart lights to their home is very expensive, and it was at one point. However, the cost of entry into building out a smart home has come way down in the past couple of years. Now, there are lots of great cheap smart lights available, as well as expanding options for different types of lights aside from a regular bulb style. Not all brands offer a wide range of fixture types, so you may be mixing and matching lights from different companies — but that’s okay.